Oregon State Fair

The man who is bored with the Oregon State Fair is the man who is bored with life itself. Fact.

Yes, I'm aware that it's not actually in Portland.

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August 22nd - September 1st, 2014

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For some reason which is completely opaque to me, a lot of Portlanders seem to be very sniffy about the State Fair. This is their loss but your gain, as I-5 remains clear and you can get there in an hour. You can easily spend an entire day at the fair and still only experience a fraction of what it has to offer. This includes:

  • Large numbers of extremely cute animals.
  • Remarkable displays of talent, skill and craftsmanship from across the age range and from across the state; everything from horsemanship and cake decorating to welding and poetry.
  • Special exhibitions – last year we had animatronic dinosaurs, this year everything from samurai lego to a Civil War reenactment.
  • Lots of fun activities and competitions for children, such as sheep-riding and melon-seed spitting.
  • Fair food! Don’t pretend like you don’t want a walla-walla onion flower or an elephant’s ear – you’re not fooling anyone.
  • Demos of literally hundreds of gadgets you had no idea existed and you have no possible use for. Oddly captivating, though.
  • A chairlift from one end of the fair to the other, offering great views.
  • A huge fun fair of carnival rides and games.

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  • A photograph taken at Oregon State Fair
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